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VU Hoops May 20, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Collin Gillespie

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Collin Gillespie

Photo by Tom Pennington/ The final chapter in Gillespie’s story completed the rise from a two-star high school prospect to a five-star floor general. The breakdown Originally, it seemed like Collin Gillespie’s time at Villanova would unceremoniously come to a close, as a knee injury preemptively ended his senior season in a bittersweet win over Creighton on Senior Day. It was a big damper on an already challenging 2020-21 COVID-affected college basketball season. While it seemed like the end, it was actually the start of a big comeback chapter in his career. Due to...
VU Hoops May 18, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Jermaine Samuels

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Jermaine Samuels

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports This was possibly the toughest Villanova team under Jay Wright and even on a team like that, one player’s heart and motor stood out from the rest. Super senior was a term we heard a lot this past college basketball season. With the addition of a COVID year that players could use, we saw many seniors in their fifth or sixth seasons. Mitch Lightfoot and Jalen Coleman-Lands of Kansas were 24 and 25 when Kansas raised the National Championship trophy. Both are listed on the Kansas roster as super seniors. Charlie Moore, Brady Manek, and Remy...
VU Hoops May 16, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Caleb Daniels

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Caleb Daniels

Photo by Jamie Squire/ Once a transfer from Tulane with a lot to prove as a Villanova player; Caleb Daniels settled in well during his second season as a Wildcat and came up clutch time and time again. The sixth starter is a term that has been used describing Villanova players before and it was used with Caleb Daniels this past season in a big way. With depth not being a strength of this version of Villanova it was key that they had a starter caliber player as a sixth man and that’s exactly what Daniels was. There were games where Daniels led the team in points,...
VU Hoops May 13, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports The breakdown A player who often went overlooked during the Villanova 2021-2022 basketball season was senior Dhamir Cosby-Rountree. Although Cosby-Rountree did not play significant minutes for the ‘Cats, he played an important role in the success of the program. At first his history of leg injuries seemed to put an end to his career and Cosby-Roundtree initially retired from basketball, but decided to unretire after the ‘Cats were pretty thin on the bench early in the season. He ended up being well enough to practice and the senior big...
VU Hoops May 12, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Brandon Slater

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Brandon Slater

Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via With consistent minutes and an expanded role, Brandon Slater got a chance to shine and showed us all his two-way talent. The Breakdown Prior to the 2021-22 season, Brandon Slater had never played more than 31 minutes a game or scored more than 13 points in any of his previous 71 games in a Villanova uniform. Like many before him, Slater came into the program with enormous potential and jaw-dropping athletic gifts, but his game needed to be honed and refined to fit the Villanova brand. With a void at forward left by the...
VU Hoops May 11, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Justin Moore

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Justin Moore

A great junior season ended with unfathomable cruelty and changed Villanova’s NCAA Tournament run and beyond. Melancholy, that was my feeling watching Justin Moore go down. Minutes before seeing Moore’s calf nearly pop out of his skin, my feeling was elation. Here Villanova was, a few safe possessions away from another Final Four. This would be the third in the last six NCAA Tournaments, the fourth of Jay Wright’s career, and the sixth in program history. Here they were, a few safe possessions away, from a Final Four berth in a season where they lost by at least 20...
VU Hoops May 9, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Chris Arcidiacono

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Chris Arcidiacono

Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via A look at Year 3 for the younger Arch. Got knocked off schedule, looking to get back on track! The breakdown After getting pushed into a bigger role due to injuries and being able to handle himself at the end of his sophomore year, the 2020-21 season, it was clear that we would likely expect more Chris Arcidiacono in the rotation — and, it happened. He played sparingly in his first two years, but seemed primed for a much bigger spot entering this season. Arcidiacono ended up playing in 35 of 38 games, averaging 1.6 points,...
VU Hoops May 3, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Eric Dixon

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Eric Dixon

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports After a solid first season as a full-time starter, Dixon is primed for an even bigger one next year. The breakdown The 6-foot-8, 255-pound big man formally made his introduction this season. Sure, he had a few glimpses and some moments in the 2020-21 season, his first campaign since taking a redshirt year, but he mostly had to wait his turn behind Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. Robinson-Earl’s early departure for the NBA set the stage for Dixon to take the reins at center. With a thinned-out frontcourt, especially with Dhamir...
VU Hoops May 2, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Jordan Longino

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Jordan Longino

Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via The breakdown After a successful career at Germantown Academy, where he surpassed Villanova legend Alvin Williams as the program’s all-time leading scorer — even with the COVID-condensed seasons — Longino was ready to begin his career at Villanova and do whatever his role was to help the team. For a while, it meant taking the back seat to some of the more experienced players on the team, and grinding away in practice to make himself and his teammates better. Eventually, his hard work later earned him a spot in the...
VU Hoops Apr 29, 2022
Antoine enters the Transfer Portal

Antoine enters the Transfer Portal

Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via 6’5” guard averaged 1.5 points last season. Villanova guard Bryan Antoine has submitted his name to the Transfer Portal according to Jeff Goodman at Stadium. Villanova guard Bryan Antoine has gone portaling, the portal told @Stadium. Former Top 50 recruit who has dealt with multiple injuries through his career.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 29, 2022 Antoine, who has suffered injuries to his shoulder and knee during his time on the Main Line has played in 46 games across his first three seasons as a Wildcat. He...
VU Hoops Apr 29, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Trey Patterson

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Trey Patterson

Photo by Tom Pennington/ A look back at Patterson’s first full season. The breakdown The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward is probably the only Villanova player that will ever get to say they were a freshman for 1.5 seasons, without redshirting. He opted to get a head start on his college career after graduating early from Rutgers Prep (N.J.) and got to appear in two games during the second half of the 2020-21 season. While the extra time possibly meant that Patterson would get more time to showcase his talents and grow acclimated to the system for a much bigger 2021-22...
VU Hoops Apr 28, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Nnanna Njoku

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Nnanna Njoku

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports He made a few appearances, overcame some challenges away from the game, and is primed for a bigger role moving forward. The breakdown The 6-foot-9 freshman big man made his debut in the 91-51 opening day beatdown of Mount St. Mary’s, where he played nine minutes, collecting four rebounds and dishing out one block. Entering this season, with a thin frontcourt, there was some hope that first game would be the first of many throughout the year. With Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree initially off the roster due to the injuries he had sustained...
VU Hoops Apr 27, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Angelo Brizzi

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Angelo Brizzi

Photo by Jamie Squire/ Will there be redshirt magic next season? The breakdown In the early stages of the 2021-22 season, Jay Wright mentioned that the plan was to redshirt Angelo Brizzi, but the team didn’t want to officially declare that, just in case he would be needed in the event of freak injuries and accidents. As the season went on, it was made official and the 6-foot-3 freshman guard spent his first year as a redshirt. He learned from the likes of Collin Gillespie, Justin Moore and those ahead of him. Brizzi’s growth and development took place behind the...
VU Hoops Apr 26, 2022
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Kevin Voigt

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Recap: Kevin Voigt

Villanova Athletics It was a one-man Bench Mob for Villanova this year. The breakdown Things were back to normal this season, as Villanova’s bench was no longer socially distanced and spread out, allowing for more TV time and cameo appearances from cameras. It was a one-man bench mob this past season, with Kevin Voigt serving as the lone walk-on for the ‘Cats this year. Last season, he joined the team as a junior for the first time, after previously spending time as a practice squad player. However, with the limited offseason and condensed season, his minutes went...

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